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Council program brings libraries to you

Redland libraries are set to pop-up in parks across the city with Council launching a new alfresco reading experience.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redland Libraries Connecting to You initiative would see library activities taken to local parks.

“This initiative combines two things Redlanders love – our libraries and our local parks,” she said.

“From next week we will bring our much-loved libraries to local neighbourhoods, making it even easier for local families to enjoy activities like storytelling, craft or simply reading a good book.

“This initiative is part of our First Five Forever program, which is funded through the State Library of Queensland and boosts literacy for children five and under.”

Cr Williams said while part of the First Five Forever program, the Connecting to You initiative also welcomed older children.

“Our libraries offer a range of family-friendly activities throughout the year and if residents aren’t already members of our libraries I would encourage them to sign up and get along to some of these activities,” she said.

“The initiative was originally rolled-out at the end of last year and the next Connecting to You event will be held Friday 10 February at Beth Boyd Park Thornside, with a further five events to then be held in Cleveland, Redland Bay, Thornlands, Ormiston and Victoria Point up until April.

“All residents have to do is come along between 9.30 and 11 am and bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.

“Our libraries also offer an online catalogue of books, music and DVDs, meaning you don’t ever have to leave home to enjoy a good read.”

Connecting to You events:

Date Venue Time
Friday 10 February Beth Boyd park- Thorneside

76-92 Mooroondu Road,Thorneside

9.30-11 am
Friday 24 February Raby Bay Boulevard Park – East Park

23-31 Raby Bay Boulevard, Cleveland

Friday 17 March Sel Outridge Park – Park Area

1-3 Peel Street, Redland Bay

Friday 31 March Crystal Waters Park

Riesling Street, Thornlands

Monday 3 April Fellmonger Park-

97-129 Sturgeon Street, Ormiston

Monday 10 April Victoria Point Recreation Reserve –

2 Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point


Life-saving gift – and it’s free

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett has urged parents to sign their children up for potential life-saving free swimming lessons at Redlands YMCA, Victoria Point.

Councillor Hewlett said the lessons were valued at up to $150 and available for families struggling financially.

“Parents can give their child or children the best gift possible by having them taught to swim,” he said.

“Too often we hear of drowning tragedies involving young children. The YMCA is offering families the chance to dramatically reduce the risk of accident by teaching children to swim.

“Our children are too precious to take any chances.”

Councillor Hewlett said the lessons were available to all Redland families experiencing financial difficulty and unable to afford swim tuition for their children.

“The SWIM 100 campaign has been launched to provide 100 terms of lessons over 10 weeks,” he said.

“It is open to families that are experiencing financial difficulties and cannot afford to pay for lessons; have disadvantaged children; or have children with a disability.

“Those wishing to apply must not have previously had lessons at the YMCA centre at Victoria Point.

All they have to do is complete the online application on YMCA’s website www.ymcafitness.com/redlands, or contact the centre on 3820 5300.